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    Posted: 3/17/2012 4:20:46 PM EST
    FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 file photo, a man participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests screams while marching towards Wall Street in New York. Americans, Republicans and Democrats alike, are asking some fundamental questions about the state of the union that go beyond how to grow the economy or curb foreclosures. Among the most profound: What is - and perhaps should be - the role of government in our lives? (AP Photo/Andrew Burton, File)
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    Posted: 3/17/2012 4:20:45 PM EST
    FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 file photo, Tea Party supporter William Temple of Brunswick, Ga., cheers for presidential candidate Herman Cain while waiting for an event to begin at Cain's new state headquarters in Atlanta. Americans, Republicans and Democrats alike, are asking some fundamental questions about the state of the union that go beyond how to grow the economy or curb foreclosures. Among the most profound: What is - and perhaps should be - the role of government in our lives? (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
  •  - Sostis lights candles in the Saint Nicolas church on on the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini

    Sostis lights candles in the Saint Nicolas church on on the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini

    Posted: 3/17/2012 1:18:59 PM EST
    Sostis, a 60 year-old former sailor and the only human inhabitant of the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini, lights candles in the Saint Nicolas church March 17, 2012. Initial data shows pre-bookings for the high summer season from Germany, which accounts for about 14 percent of Greece's total number of visitors, are down 20-30 percent. The drop in pre-bookings from Britain, Italy and the United States is expected to be smaller but still in the double-digit range. Greece's economy is in recession for a fifth consecutive year and is seen contracting by 4.3 percent this year as the government imposes austerity measures in exchange for financial aid from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)
  •  - A structure used as a toilet by Sostis is seen on the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini

    A structure used as a toilet by Sostis is seen on the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini

    Posted: 3/17/2012 1:17:04 PM EST
    A structure used as a toilet by Sostis, a 60 year-old former sailor and the only human inhabitant of the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini, is seen March 17, 2012. Initial data shows pre-bookings for the high summer season from Germany, which accounts for about 14 percent of Greece's total number of visitors, are down 20-30 percent. The drop in pre-bookings from Britain, Italy and the United States is expected to be smaller but still in the double-digit range. Greece's economy is in recession for a fifth consecutive year and is seen contracting by 4.3 percent this year as the government imposes austerity measures in exchange for financial aid from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)
  •  - Sostis makes cofee in his 10 sqm house on the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini

    Sostis makes cofee in his 10 sqm house on the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini

    Posted: 3/17/2012 1:15:53 PM EST
    Sostis, a 60 year-old former sailor and the only human inhabitant of the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini, makes cofee in his 10 sqm house March 17, 2012. Initial data shows pre-bookings for the high summer season from Germany, which accounts for about 14 percent of Greece's total number of visitors, are down 20-30 percent. The drop in pre-bookings from Britain, Italy and the United States is expected to be smaller but still in the double-digit range. Greece's economy is in recession for a fifth consecutive year and is seen contracting by 4.3 percent this year as the government imposes austerity measures in exchange for financial aid from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)
  •  - Sostis enters the Saint Nicolas church on the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini

    Sostis enters the Saint Nicolas church on the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini

    Posted: 3/17/2012 1:13:23 PM EST
    Sostis, a 60 year-old former sailor and the only human inhabitant of the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini, enters the Saint Nicolas church March 17, 2012. Initial data shows pre-bookings for the high summer season from Germany, which accounts for about 14 percent of Greece's total number of visitors, are down 20-30 percent. The drop in pre-bookings from Britain, Italy and the United States is expected to be smaller but still in the double-digit range. Greece's economy is in recession for a fifth consecutive year and is seen contracting by 4.3 percent this year as the government imposes austerity measures in exchange for financial aid from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)
  •  - Sostis walks atop the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini

    Sostis walks atop the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini

    Posted: 3/17/2012 1:10:27 PM EST
    Sostis, a 60 year-old former sailor and the only human inhabitant of the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini, walks atop the islet March 17, 2012. Initial data shows pre-bookings for the high summer season from Germany, which accounts for about 14 percent of Greece's total number of visitors, are down 20-30 percent. The drop in pre-bookings from Britain, Italy and the United States is expected to be smaller but still in the double-digit range. Greece's economy is in recession for a fifth consecutive year and is seen contracting by 4.3 percent this year as the government imposes austerity measures in exchange for financial aid from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)
  •  - Sostis walks towards his house on the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini

    Sostis walks towards his house on the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini

    Posted: 3/17/2012 1:07:46 PM EST
    Sostis, a 60 year-old former sailor and the only human inhabitant of the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini, walks towards his house March 17, 2012. Initial data shows pre-bookings for the high summer season from Germany, which accounts for about 14 percent of Greece's total number of visitors, are down 20-30 percent. The drop in pre-bookings from Britain, Italy and the United States is expected to be smaller but still in the double-digit range. Greece's economy is in recession for a fifth consecutive year and is seen contracting by 4.3 percent this year as the government imposes austerity measures in exchange for financial aid from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)
  •  - Sostis drinks a cup of cofee by his house on the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini

    Sostis drinks a cup of cofee by his house on the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini

    Posted: 3/17/2012 1:06:32 PM EST
    Sostis, a 60 year-old former sailor and the only human inhabitant of the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini, drinks a cup of cofee by his house March 17, 2012. Initial data shows pre-bookings for the high summer season from Germany, which accounts for about 14 percent of Greece's total number of visitors, are down 20-30 percent. The drop in pre-bookings from Britain, Italy and the United States is expected to be smaller but still in the double-digit range. Greece's economy is in recession for a fifth consecutive year and is seen contracting by 4.3 percent this year as the government imposes austerity measures in exchange for financial aid from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)
  •  - Sostis steers his fishing boat through the caldera of Santorini

    Sostis steers his fishing boat through the caldera of Santorini

    Posted: 3/17/2012 1:00:03 PM EST
    Sostis, a 60 year-old former sailor and the only human inhabitant of the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni (seen in the background), steers his fishing boat through the caldera of Santorini March 17, 2012. Initial data shows pre-bookings for the high summer season from Germany, which accounts for about 14 percent of Greece's total number of visitors, are down 20-30 percent. The drop in pre-bookings from Britain, Italy and the United States is expected to be smaller but still in the double-digit range. Greece's economy is in recession for a fifth consecutive year and is seen contracting by 4.3 percent this year as the government imposes austerity measures in exchange for financial aid from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
  •  - Sostis steers his fishing boat through the caldera of Santorini

    Sostis steers his fishing boat through the caldera of Santorini

    Posted: 3/17/2012 12:51:28 PM EST
    Sostis, a 60 year-old former sailor and the only human inhabitant of the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni, steers his fishing boat through the caldera of Santorini March 17, 2012. Initial data shows pre-bookings for the high summer season from Germany, which accounts for about 14 percent of Greece's total number of visitors, are down 20-30 percent. The drop in pre-bookings from Britain, Italy and the United States is expected to be smaller but still in the double-digit range. Greece's economy is in recession for a fifth consecutive year and is seen contracting by 4.3 percent this year as the government imposes austerity measures in exchange for financial aid from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)
  •  - Sostis smokes a sigarrete as he steers his fishing boat through the caldera of Santorini

    Sostis smokes a sigarrete as he steers his fishing boat through the caldera of Santorini

    Posted: 3/17/2012 12:50:10 PM EST
    Sostis, a 60 year-old former sailor and the only human inhabitant of the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni, smokes a sigarrete as he steers his fishing boat through the caldera of Santorini March 17, 2012. Initial data shows pre-bookings for the high summer season from Germany, which accounts for about 14 percent of Greece's total number of visitors, are down 20-30 percent. The drop in pre-bookings from Britain, Italy and the United States is expected to be smaller but still in the double-digit range. Greece's economy is in recession for a fifth consecutive year and is seen contracting by 4.3 percent this year as the government imposes austerity measures in exchange for financial aid from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)
  •  - Sostis walks his dog Plato on the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini

    Sostis walks his dog Plato on the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini

    Posted: 3/17/2012 12:48:02 PM EST
    Sostis, a 60 year-old former sailor and the only human inhabitant of the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini, walks his dog Plato March 17, 2012. Initial data shows pre-bookings for the high summer season from Germany, which accounts for about 14 percent of Greece's total number of visitors, are down 20-30 percent. The drop in pre-bookings from Britain, Italy and the United States is expected to be smaller but still in the double-digit range. Greece's economy is in recession for a fifth consecutive year and is seen contracting by 4.3 percent this year as the government imposes austerity measures in exchange for financial aid from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)
  •  - Sostis feeds his chickens on a bay near his house on the the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini

    Sostis feeds his chickens on a bay near his house on the the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini

    Posted: 3/17/2012 12:44:16 PM EST
    Sostis, a 60 year-old former sailor and the only human inhabitant of the volcanic islet of Palaia Kameni located in the caldera of Santorini, feeds his chickens (bottom L) on a bay near his house March 17, 2012. Initial data shows pre-bookings for the high summer season from Germany, which accounts for about 14 percent of Greece's total number of visitors, are down 20-30 percent. The drop in pre-bookings from Britain, Italy and the United States is expected to be smaller but still in the double-digit range. Greece's economy is in recession for a fifth consecutive year and is seen contracting by 4.3 percent this year as the government imposes austerity measures in exchange for financial aid from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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    Posted: 3/16/2012 10:15:48 PM EST
    Heather Peters, right, gets ready to enter the Superior Court building, as her 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid sits parked Friday, March 16, 2012, in San Diego. A judge tentatively approved a settlement to give owners of Honda Civic hybrids up to $200 cash over claims that the cars' fuel economy was inflated. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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    Posted: 3/16/2012 10:15:48 PM EST
    Heather Peters speaks in court Friday, March 16, 2012, in San Diego. A judge tentatively approved a settlement to give owners of Honda Civic hybrids up to $200 cash over claims that the cars' fuel economy was inflated. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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    Posted: 3/16/2012 10:15:47 PM EST
    Heather Peters gets ready to enter the Superior Court building, as the hood of her 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid sits open Friday, March 16, 2012, in San Diego. A judge tentatively approved a settlement to give owners of Honda Civic hybrids up to $200 cash over claims that the cars' fuel economy was inflated. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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    Posted: 3/16/2012 6:35:48 PM EST
    A motorist pumps gas at a Mobile station in Albany, N.Y., on Friday, March 16, 2012. Higher gas prices slow the economy because they force many consumers to cut their spending on other goods, from appliances and furniture to electronics and vacations. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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    Posted: 3/16/2012 6:35:45 PM EST
    Jeff Hunter of Schenectady, N.Y., pumps gas at a Mobile station in Albany, N.Y., on Friday, March 16, 2012. Higher gas prices slow the economy because they force many consumers to cut their spending on other goods, from appliances and furniture to electronics and vacations. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
  •  - Uruguay's Economy Minister Fernando Lorenzo speaks during a Reuters interview in Montevideo

    Uruguay's Economy Minister Fernando Lorenzo speaks during a Reuters interview in Montevideo

    Posted: 3/16/2012 4:09:26 PM EST
    Uruguay's Economy Minister Fernando Lorenzo speaks during a Reuters interview in Montevideo, March 16, 2012. Lorenzo is participating in the annual meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that Uruguay is hosting from March 15 to 19 in Montevideo. REUTERS/Andres Stapff (URUGUAY - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)